The Reading / Listening - India Infrastructure - Level 5

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a huge financial package for his country. India plans to spend $1.35 trillion on infrastructure. The huge investment will focus on the economy, youth employment, and on ways to tackle climate change. Mr Modi hopes the gigantic injection of cash will provide a boost to the economy. He said his spending plans will "create job opportunities for hundreds of thousands of young people". He added that it would also help local manufacturers to become "globally competitive," and to develop new "economic zones" in India.

Mr Modi wants to focus on making India carbon-neutral. He gave his speech as part of India's 75th Independence Day celebrations. He promised that India would be "energy independent" before it turned 100. Modi promised to invest more in sustainable energies such as solar and "green hydrogen". He wants to move India away from its reliance on oil. India is the world's third-largest oil importer. He outlined ambitious plans for transforming India's vast railway network. He wants it to be a net-zero carbon emitter by 2030. Modi said his country is "fast achieving its climate goals".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    India Infrastructure - Level 4 or  India Infrastructure - Level 6

Sources
  • https://news.sky.com/story/indias-972bn-infrastructure-plan-to-boost-economy-and-tackle-climate-change-12382193
  • https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/pm-modi-says-1-35-trillion-infrastructure-plan-to-be-unveiled-soon/articleshow/85342765.cms
  • https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/8/15/modi-unveils-infrastructure-plan-on-indias-75th-independence-day


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. announced a huge financial
  2. plans to spend $1.35 trillion
  3. The huge investment will focus
  4. ways to
  5. the gigantic injection
  6. provide a boost
  7. help local
  8. become globally
  1. on the economy
  2. competitive
  3. tackle climate change
  4. on infrastructure
  5. to the economy
  6. manufacturers
  7. package
  8. of cash

Paragraph 2

  1. focus on making India
  2. invest more in sustainable
  3. He wants to move India away from
  4. India is the world's third-
  5. He outlined ambitious
  6. transforming India's vast
  7. a net-zero carbon
  8. his country is fast achieving
  1. emitter by 2030
  2. plans
  3. carbon-neutral
  4. its climate goals
  5. railway network
  6. energies
  7. its reliance on oil
  8. largest oil importer

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has (1) __________________ financial package for his country. India plans to spend $1.35 (2) ___________________. The huge investment will focus on the economy, youth employment, and on ways (3) ___________________ change. Mr Modi hopes the gigantic injection of cash will (4) ___________________ to the economy. He said his spending plans will "(5) ___________________ for hundreds of thousands of young people". He added that it would also help local manufacturers to become "globally competitive," and to develop (6) ___________________ in India.

Mr Modi wants to (7) ___________________ India carbon-neutral. He gave his speech as part of India's 75th Independence Day celebrations. He promised that India would (8) ___________________ before it turned 100. Modi promised to invest more in (9) ___________________ as solar and "green hydrogen". He wants to move India away from its reliance on oil. India is the world's (10) ___________________ importer. He outlined ambitious (11) ___________________ India's vast railway network. He wants it to be a net-zero carbon emitter by 2030. Modi said his country is "(12) ___________________ climate goals".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

India'sPrimeMinisterNarendraModihasannouncedahugefinancialpac
kageforhiscountry.Indiaplanstospend$1.35trilliononinfrastructure.
Thehugeinvestmentwillfocusontheeconomy,youthemployment,and
onwaystotackleclimatechange.MrModihopesthegiganticinjectionofc
ashwillprovideaboosttotheeconomy.Hesaidhisspendingplanswill"cr
eatejobopportunitiesforhundredsofthousandsofyoungpeople".Head
dedthatitwouldalsohelplocalmanufacturerstobecome"globallycomp
etitive,"andtodevelopnew"economiczones"inIndia.MrModiwantstof
ocusonmakingIndiacarbon-neutral.HegavehisspeechaspartofIndia'
s75thIndependenceDaycelebrations.HepromisedthatIndiawouldbe
"energyindependent"beforeitturned100.Modipromisedtoinvestmor
einsustainableenergiessuchassolarand"greenhydrogen".Hewantsto
moveIndiaawayfromitsrelianceonoil.Indiaistheworld'sthird-largest
oilimporter.HeoutlinedambitiousplansfortransformingIndia'svastrai
lwaynetwork.Hewantsittobeanet-zerocarbonemitterby2030.Modis
aidhiscountryis"fastachievingitsclimategoals".

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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